Indiana Pacers: Way-too-early predictions for the offseason

Myles Turner of the Indiana Pacers - Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
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Indiana Pacers, Myles Turner
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The Indiana Pacers send Myles Turner to the West—and wins the trade

Although the front office, according to Pritchard himself, likes the pairing of Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis in the frontcourt, the pairing has not yielded great returns. If anything, the previous season should be a signal for the Indiana Pacers to finally settle their big man conundrum. In the spirit of hopeful change, bank on it happening.

However, on the surface, it’s relatively easy to choose between the two since Sabonis still has untapped potential even though he’s already a two-time All-Star. The front office will be strategic in dealing Turner and avoid trading him to the East in an already-crowded field. Most likely and ideally, the shot blocking menace will find himself in the West.

Trading a talented player is almost always a punch to the gut, but Pritchard has been savvy with his recent trades. With teams like Golden State and Minnesota posing great fits for the block artist, as well as interesting returns—the Warriors with Andrew Wiggins and James Wiseman among others and the Timberwolves with their future draft picks, the Pacers could absolutely win in a possible trade for the big man, especially with the team having leverage.

Just don’t cave to the LA teams.

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